• Application Deadline
  • 17 months
    Duration
This Master of Education in Special Education program at the American College of Education is for current PreK-12 special education teachers who want to expand their knowledge and earn a master’s degree. It is a program designed to provide an in-depth study of research-based methods to support students with exceptionalities in current educational settings.

About

The M.Ed. in Special Education at the American College of Education provides educators with the background to support students with exceptionalities in P-12 settings. 

The courses provide students with evidence-based methods to develop curriculum, design learning environments, and enhance instructional strategies and guidance techniques to support the diverse learning needs of students. 

The coursework is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of research-based methods to meet the needs of students with special needs in current educational settings. 

Key Features

  • Flexible

Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.

  • Customizable

 Follow the path that fits you and your goals. Choose a three-course concentration in differentiated instruction, early childhood education or general special education.

  • Endorsement Options

Two Focus of Study options—Early Childhood Education and General Special Education—include courses approved for endorsement in Illinois. This unique option allows you to earn a degree while working toward an endorsement at the same time.

  • Applicable

 Use what you learn. Students will gain valuable instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Coursework

 The coursework is designed to provide you with evidence-based methods to develop curriculum, design learning environments, and enhance instructional strategies and guidance techniques to support the diverse learning needs of students. You will also learn how to build and maintain communicative, collaborative partnerships among the school, colleagues, family and community to support students who are exceptional learners.

Accreditation

We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Principles and Practices of Classroom Management
  •  Research and Applied Behavioral Analysis in the Special Education Classroom
  • Developmental Characteristics of Exceptional Learners
  • Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners
  •  Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education
  •  Building Collaborative Relationships

Lecturers

Dr. Tiffany Hamlett has worked in higher education for eight years in various educational fields. Her background includes early childhood education, curriculum development, and research methods. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for Social Development and the Southern Early Childhood Association. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 17 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    34 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Documentation of at least an initial teaching license (in the state the applicant resides), school service personnel license, or a school services certificate 
  • If applicants do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of full-time teaching assignment from an individual in a supervisory capacity or from a human resources official of the school at their current employment

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 17 months.
  • National

    6708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 17 months.
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Funding

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